Director: Rachel Leah Jones
Screenwriters: Rachel Leah Jones

Institute History


How does a white boy with Alabama roots become a flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots, and what happens behind the scenes along the way? GYPSY DAVY uncoils a mesmerizing story of many hearts wound around one man. Traveling across continents and through a labyrinth of hidden meanings, filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones documents her beguiling journey toward her elusive father. As she retraces his path, she pioneers a new one for herself.

Free of sentimentality or self-indulgence, Jones's wry, self-reflective narration provides a compass for navigating one family’s knotted web of mysteries and betrayals. As the revelations mount, her editing ingeniously interlocks time sequences, characters, and archival material into a resounding and life-affirming whole. Her father’s yearning, hypnotic guitar score serves as the connective tissue throughout the film, immersing us in his primary and most enduring love affair: his music. What once pulled a family apart now binds a film together, and perhaps a tangled collection of souls into kin.

— Caroline Libresco

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